Our prayer is that every family who calls Village their church home will join us in this act of worship by giving back to God from the financial resources He has provided. While this helps us to accomplish our financial goal, the purpose is much bigger. Jesus says that our heart follows our money. We are trusting that as we each take this step, God will use those acts of obedience and faith to draw us closer to Himself, to grow our priority for His Kingdom and do great things through us.
As we each begin taking steps of growth, we believe that we’ll also see a movement of generous giving as Kingdom-minded families continue to join God in the work He’s doing through the ministry of Village.
This goal includes all current giving as well as $3 million in additional giving over the next two years.
Everything needed to catalyze discipleship and ministry at Village
Communication with the congregation, delivery of the weekly message and worship
Discipleship and ministry for our children, middle school, and high school students
Small groups and ministries for all life stages
Missions & Outreach
Directly set aside for outreach and missions expenses and opportunities
Church-Planting & Resurgence
Financial support for campuses that we are currently revitalizing and reserves for future opportunities God may have planned for us
You may have participated in church campaigns in the past in which you were asked to give a second gift “above and beyond” your usual gifts to make special initiatives like new ministries and new facilities possible. Normally, you gave that above and beyond gift to a Building Fund as you also continued to give to the General Fund. This two-fund approach can be confusing, especially to those who have not yet engaged in giving. The two-fund approach also excludes from participation many of those not yet giving.
We’re taking a one-fund approach. The Village family is on one mission to extend the glory of God by making disciples through the gospel of Jesus Christ. To reflect that one mission, we will give to one fund.
The ALL IN for Tomorrow initiative covers a two-year season that begins in December of 2019. Throughout these two years, every gift given to Village Bible Church will go to ALL IN for Tomorrow to help us cultivate ministry, plant the gospel, and put down roots.
We’ve included a sample commitment card so you can begin to pray about your step of faith. We’re encouraging everyone in our church family to go before the Lord with open hearts as they discern their generosity commitment for the next two years. We will provide you with a new commitment card on Commitment Sunday, November 17, 2019.
Our Aurora Campus needs more seating, and our other campuses need other overdue updates. We’re planning a worship center overhaul at Sugar Grove, expanded worship center at Aurora and El Camino, and updates to Indian Creek and Plano.
Our Aurora and El Camino Campuses have no dedicated fellowship space, and our Plano, Indian Creek, and Sugar Grove Campuses need updates to crowd flow, conversation spaces, and ministry environments. We’re updating and expanding spaces to help relationships flourish.
Our Aurora, El Camino, Plano and Sugar Grove Campuses are in need of parking improvements and expansions as well as exterior building updates. We're implementing new and improved external aesthetics in addition to sufficient and safe parking to help our guests worship and grow throughout each week.
Seeing our spaces support our discipleship support our discipleship is the vision.
We’re thrilled to address the challenges and create versatile spaces. Our focus remains faithful discipleship, and we’re so eager for the day that our facilities will be better equipped to support Christian community at Village.
At our Aurora and El Camino campuses, we’re building a new entrance space to address our lack of important connection space, the unsafe and unconventional current entrance, and our hidden children’s ministry check-in. We’re adding two convenient single bathrooms on this ground level, lots of intentional conversation spaces, and plenty of windows to communicate light and life to our community, and to make the space bright and cheery, demonstrating warmth and hospitality.
We’ll also address our crumbling and flooding parking lot by re-leveling and repaving, adding critical drainage, adding a sidewalk along Galena Boulevard, installing lighting poles in curbed islands, and installing a basketball court at the far end. This will help us be great hosts and great neighbors.
At the Indian Creek Campus, we are doing some work to address our heating and cooling systems. We are replacing our boiler system, which has developed some leaks, as well as replacing old air conditioning units that have quit working. Additionally, we are looking to replace some of the windows in the sanctuary to help brighten the space and make the room feel more welcoming to our guests.
Beyond the needs of our building, we are looking for new and unique opportunities to engage our surrounding communities with the gospel of Jesus Christ and continue to seek to build God's Kingdom here in the Indian Creek community.
In the year since the launch of our Plano Campus, God has seen fit to triple the size of our Sunday morning worshipping community. This incredible growth presents some unique challenges, a major one being the challenge of parking all of the cars! While we still have space to gather together to worship and learn, the current parking lot is filled to maximum capacity every Sunday. We will address this challenge by adding a parking area on the north side of the building which will add 60 parking spaces.
Along with this new space, we will transform the north side of the building into a second main entrance. This will allow easy access for the physically challenged, and present a new face of the church toward our community's main thoroughfare: Rte 34.
We are expanding and renovating our lobby and creating new relational areas to foster deeper relationships and fellowship. A new front entrance will be welcoming and inviting for all our guests. The lobby expansion will include a new reception area and a large multi-purpose space to benefit Student Ministries, Awana, Mom Village, and more. We’ll also renovate our worship center, allowing multi-use functionality for various ministries. A new stage with updated lighting and improved sound will help our services be carried out with excellence, and will enable worshipers in each seat to engage in worship.
We'll add 90 new parking spaces, expand our entrance widths, and add lighting to create a bright and worry-free parking experience. These updates will foster a fresh, wonderful place for our church family, as well as guests, to gather and grow on Sundays or throughout the week.
We are asking you and your family to step out in faith and take the biggest step of generosity you’ve ever taken. Let us move together to accomplish all He has for us through ALL IN for Tomorrow. We’re specifically asking you to take these four steps.
No initiative of this magnitude can be accomplished without fervent prayer. We need you to commit to an extraordinary season of prayer for our community and church family. Pray that God will move in and through us as a church body to accomplish all that He has planned through ALL IN for Tomorrow. Pray that He would be glorified, that more disciples would be made, that He would provide the resources needed for the projects, and that each campus will be a home for greater worship, missions, and disciple-making.
Help us reach our goal of 100% participation in this life-changing experience. Go ALL IN alongside your church family and commit to do whatever God leads you to do. We want you to be ALL IN for these next two years so that you too can experience the spiritual growth that comes from trusting Jesus.
Own the ALL IN for Tomorrow Initiative and become a cheerleader for it within your spheres of influence. Engage in the accompanying small group study. Commit to being at every service from October 13 through December 15. Share with your church family what God has done in your life and how He is challenging you to be ALL IN.
Ask God to show you during this season what a sacrificial gift looks like and take whatever bold steps are required to see it through. Making your ALL IN commitment will not be easy. It likely will require much sacrifice and faith in God. However, God desires us to give in this way, because it honors Him, and we grow in our faith when we stretch and step toward Him in ways we never have before. Be encouraged in Christ. He always provides even as He calls us to go deeper than before.
The Generosity Ladder focuses on behaviors and attitudes of our hearts rather than on amounts or percentages, further transforming us into the likeness of Christ.
Scripture encourages us to grow in every facet of our walk with Christ, including the area of giving (2 Corinthians 8:7). Each rung of the ladder represents growth in a lifestyle of generosity and sacrifice. These are not rungs you slowly ascend to get to God, but simply a way to evaluate your growth in generosity. We’re challenging everyone to identify which rung on the Generosity Ladder they most closely identify with, and then, by faith, take a next step on their personal journey of generosity.
As you begin your personal exploration with the Generosity Ladder, it’s most important that you first spend time in prayer, asking the Lord where He is leading you to grow in your generosity and dependence on Him.
This type of giver is someone who decides to give for the first time and trust God and the leaders of the church with their gift. During our ALL IN initiative, many will take their first step of faith by making their first gift to the Kingdom of God through Village Bible Church.
To become an initial giver, consider making your first gift to Village Bible Church.
You can give in a giving box located at the back of the worship center, or online at https://villagebible.church/give
This type of giver is someone who decides to give on a consistent basis. This is someone who thinks of their giving in the same way they would about other expenses in their budget that are paid regardless of seasons of feast or famine. This often requires planning, and sometimes this might be a reason for someone to set up recurring gifts online or to become disciplined with giving through envelopes or checks during Sunday services.
Set up a recurring gift online at https://villagebible.church/give
Budget specifically for giving in the same way you would your other monthly expenses (1 Cor. 16:1-2).
Proactively schedule when you’re going to consistently give on your calendar.
This type of giver begins asking the question, “Why am I giving more to my cell phone company than to God?” This giver makes financial choices that reflect how they feel about their giving in relation to other things they spend their money on.
This is often the point when someone begins to give a portion of their income, maybe even a tithe (a tenth), back to Jesus.
Determine the next step to grow the priority of your giving. Give in relation to other monthly financial commitments (such as entertainment, cell phone, rent, mortgage, etc.) or choose a percentage of your income, potentially a tithe (Malachi 3:10).
This type of giver begins to ask the questions, “Am I giving in a way that changes me? Am I giving in a way that causes my lifestyle to change to reflect the transformation Christ is making in me?” A priority giver’s commitment to giving actually governs the rest of their lifestyle. A priority giver has a giving commitment that is “larger than their current situation” so that they must adjust the rest of their expenditures to meet that commitment.
Look at the dollars you are not giving and prayerfully consider if God is asking you to release a portion of those back to Him.
Evaluate whether your giving is really costing you something or if it has become comfortable or routine (2 Samuel 24:24).
Determine if there are resources God has blessed you with in the past (savings, stock, retirement, etc.) that God is asking you to release as a sacrifice to Him.
This type of giver is no longer asking the question, “God, how much are you asking me to give?” A legacy giver is asking the question, “God, how much are you asking me to keep?” They ask this so they can release the rest for Kingdom purposes. Much like a sacrificial giver makes a commitment that will govern his or her monthly and annual decisions, a legacy giver makes a long-term giving commitment that governs long-term decisions like cars, investments, projects, homes, etc.
Put a cap on spending and saving so every additional dollar goes to Kingdom giving.
Set a lifetime generosity goal (a specific number) for your family’s Kingdom giving over the course of your life.
Engage in estate planning (or revise your current plan) to accurately reflect your Kingdom giving priorities.
Leverage your own journey of generosity to encourage and inspire Kingdom generosity in the next generation.
November 17 is the big day.
During our Sunday services on November 17, we will celebrate and commit ourselves to the vision God has called us to. It won’t be the end of this journey, but it will be a mile marker in the life of Village Bible Church. Together, with God’s power, we will continue in our mission to make disciples of Jesus as we go ALL IN to increase our efforts to spread the Gospel in our community and to the ends of the earth.
As you pray and discern how God would ask you to give during this time, allow this gift chart to be a discipleship tool for you. Allow the gift chart below to inspire and challenge you towards greater generosity for Christ’s Kingdom as you go ALL IN.